Wine for New Year’s Eve

New Year’s Eve is a fabulous holiday for so many reasons, but mostly for the fact that drinking bubbly is mandatory. However, there is a secret you should know, especially if you’re throwing the party: you don’t have to serve Champagne on New Year’s. That’s right, I said it. If you want the best bang for your buck, offer your guests Cava from Spain or Prosecco from Italy. They sparkle as brightly as Champagne for half the price. Here are my top picks:

2010 Naveran Brut Cava

Like most Cava, this wine comes from an area outside of Barcelona called Penedès. It’s made in the same way as Champagne but from different grapes: Xarel-lo, Macabeu and Parellada.

Naveran is known as the Cava of Kings – rumor has it that the Spanish royal family serves the highest-end Naveran at their palace in Madrid. So it should be good enough for your New Year’s party.

La Marca Prosecco

From the Veneto region in Italy, this Prosecco has been made for almost 50 years and is consistently delicious. Made from the Prosecco grape, it boasts ripe apple, honey and white flower notes. With lively bubbles and a fresh finish, your guests will keep toasting with this treat well after midnight. Pro tip: save a few bottles to use as mixers for killer mimosas the next morning.

Cheers to a wonderful, wine-soaked New Year!